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EU proposes reforms to relieve tension between data protection and mass surveillance

MEPs are urging the EU to swiftly clarify the legal framework governing data protection and transatlantic data transfers

Two members of European Parliament, Claude Moraes (MEP, Labour) and Jan-Philipp Albrecht (MEP, Green Party), have proposed a number of legal initiatives to the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to address growing tension between US mass surveillance activities and EU data protection reform efforts. The MEPs said the mechanisms will help give certainty to what are currently legal grey areas as well as restore trust and transparency in transatlantic data transfers.

EU LIBE Committee votes to strengthen EU data protection laws

The European Commission will now enter into negotiations with EU member states to develop a final text ahead of the EU elections in the Spring 2014

The Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission’s data protection reforms Tuesday, the most significant legal overhaul of the EU’s data protection policy since 1995. The wide-reaching reforms aim to centralise data protection oversight, strengthen enforcement and penalties, and give European citizens more say in what internet giants, cloud service providers and businesses can do with their data.